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Romeo And Juliet - Explore How Dramatic Methods Represent Love and War

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Jason Defreitas 18/12/2001 Romeo And Juliet: Explore How Dramatic Methods Represent Love and War The play Romeo and Juliet was written by the playwright William Shakespeare. His plays were written between 1589 and 1613. Shakespeare had many ways to show how dramatic methods represent love and war. These included things such as: * Imagery, * Stage Directions, * Pace and Tone, * Dramatic Irony, * Dialogue. The way Shakespeare used these methods creates a link between love and war in the play Romeo and Juliet. Love for the family's leads to war between the two family's showing the factors love and war are linked. Romeo and Juliet's love is made by destiny. This is shown by Juliet's line "My only love sprung from my only hate." From this quote it would seem Juliet loves Romeo, Romeo is also her only hate when she finds out he is a Montague. This produces dramatic irony, as the audience know Romeo and Juliet die because they loved each other as the Prologue tells the audience. As the dramatic irony increases dramatic tension also builds, the audience want to know how Romeo and Juliet will get together. The scene before Juliet says this line, Romeo was upset after losing Rosaline. Benvoilo talked Romeo into going to the party where he met Juliet, this is a sign of destiny. ...read more.

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This shows love and war are very closely relates and one often leads to another. In the scene after Tybalt says his lines, Romeo does not try to provoke Tybalt, he shows friendliness to Tybalt because he is married to his cousin Juliet. When Romeo and Juliet meet, their love is religious love. The quote " This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this," is what Romeo says to Juliet. He refers to Juliet hand as a holy shrine that he may "profane" with his hand. This is all imagery used by Romeo. The audience creates a picture of Juliet as is she were God and Romeo is not worthy of her. "Gentle sin" is an oxymoron, "Gentle" meant noble or virtuous in the 16th century and a "sin" is still meant as something as something bad or against God. Romeo says "my lips two blushing pilgrims, ready stand" the blushing is tactile imagery used to represent red lips. He refers his lips as pilgrims, pilgrims make religious journeys places worship and by this Romeo means he wants to kiss her. Juliet follows this by saying holding hands is the right kiss for a pilgrim. Romeo makes a witty response by asking for permission to let his lips and hands swap jobs. ...read more.

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To add more humour to the scene Lord Capulet could be seen running from one side of the stage to the other frantically. Also when he says "more light, more light!" the person Lord Capulet is talking to could come out of role and turn to the audience pointing to the open top theatre. The audience would find this funny, as they did not have the technology to have more light and only had sunlight. A great example of dramatic irony is 'Trigger Happy TV'. The show stars Dom Joly who plays crazy jokes on unsuspecting people, the people do not no they are being filmed and do not know it is all a joke. The audience find this funny to laugh at other people's expense. The methods used represent love and war very well. The way loyalty for someone or something you love leads to the loved ones hatred. If someone loves something they hate their loved ones hatred. An example of this is the war on terrorism. The worlds love for peace and America causes hatred by most on terrorism. People try to bring in the use of religion, saying it is a 'holy war'. This creates tension, as people do not know what to do. Although it is not a 'holy war' two things come against each other and people have to take on the hatred for what they believe. ...read more.

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